Researcher Profile

Dr. Nik Steffens

Dr. Nik Steffens

MA, PhD

Lecturer in Psychology

The University of Queensland

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About Dr. Nik Steffens

Nik was awarded his PhD from the University of Exeter (UK) before joining UQ in 2012 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (where he will be a Lecturer from 2017). His research focuses on self and identity in organizational contexts, leadership and followership, motivation and creativity, and health and well-being in the workplace. Nik conducts research using diverse methods including experimental and intervention studies, field and survey research, archival methods, psychometric and scale development, and meta-analysis. He teaches and supervises students in organisational, social, and health psychology.

Nik’s current research focuses on a variety of topics. One stream of his research focuses on leadership as well as health and well-being. In this work, he is interested in questions such as:

  • To what extent can leaders mobilise followers by creating, embodying, promoting, and embedding a group identity that is shared with followers?
  • How can leaders promote the health and well-being of those they have responsibility for?

In a second stream of research, Nik is interested in motivation and creativity. He examines questions such as:

  • To what extent is people’s behaviour in groups (e.g., their citizenship) influenced by their orientation towards the group (e.g., focusing on what the group can do for them vs. what they can do for the group)?
  • How is people’s creativity influenced by the multiple identities that they possess?

In a third stream of research, Nik is interested in followership. He addresses questions such as:

  • How do social relationships influence followers’ perceptions of a leader’s charisma?
  • What factors determine the structure and content of people’s implicit theories about (a) what followers are like and do and (b) the strategies they are most likely to be influenced by?

 


Featured Research

Steffens, N. K., Haslam, S. A., Schuh, S. C., Jetten, J., & van Dick, R. (2016). A meta-analytic review of social identification and health in organizational contexts. Personality and Social Psychology Review. Advance online publication. [Full Article]

Steffens, N. K., Mols, F., Haslam, S. A., Okimoto, T. G. (2016). True to what We stand for: Championing collective interests as a path to authentic leadership. The Leadership Quarterly. 27, 726-744. [Full Article]

Steffens, N. K., Haslam, S. A., Jetten, J., & Mols, F. (in press). Our followers are lions, theirs are sheep: How social identity shapes theories about followership and social influence. Political Psychology. Advance online publication. [Full Article]

Steffens, N. K., Gocłowska, M. A., Cruwys, T., & Galinsky, A. D. (2016). How multiple social identities are related to creativity. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42, 188-203. [Full Article]

Steffens, N. K., Jetten, J., Haslam, C., Cruwys, T., & Haslam, S. A. (2016). Multiple social identities enhance health post-retirement because they are a basis for giving social support. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1519. [Full Article]


All Publications

Steffens, N. K., Yang, J., Jetten, J., Haslam, S. A., & Lipponen, J. (2017). The unfolding impact leader identity entrepreneurship on burnout, work engagement, and turnover intentions. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1037/ocp0000090 [Full Article]

Jetten, J., Wang, Z., Steffens, N. K., Mols, F., Peters, K., & Verkuyten, M. (in press). A social identity analysis of responses to economic inequality. Current Opinion in Psychology, 18, 1-5. [Full Article]

Stevens, M., Rees, T., Coffee, P., Steffens, N. K., Haslam, S. A., & Polman, R. (in press). A social identity approach to understanding and promoting physical activity. Sports Medicine. Advance online publication. [Full Article]

Steffens, N. K., Haslam, S. A., Ryan, M. K., & Millard, K. (in press). Genius begins at home: Shared social identity enhances the recognition of creative performance. British Journal of Psychology. Advance online publication. [Full Article]

Fransen, K., Haslam, S. A., Mallett, C. J., Steffens, N. K., Peters, K., & Boen, F. (in press). Is the relationship between perceived athlete leadership quality related to team effectiveness? A comparison of three professional sports teams. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sports. Advance online publication [Full Article]

Steffens, N. K., Haslam, S. A., Jetten, J., & Mols, F. (in press). Our followers are lions, theirs are sheep: How social identity shapes theories about followership and social influence. Political Psychology. Advance online publication. [Full Article]

Fransen, K., Haslam, S. A., Mallett, C. J., Steffens, N. K., Peters, K., & Boen, F. (2016). Leading from the centre: A comprehensive examination of the relationship between central playing positions and leadership in sport. PLoS ONE, 11, e0168150. [Full Article]

Haslam, S. A., Steffens, N. K., Peters, P., Boyce, R. A., Mallett, C. J., & Fransen, K. (in press). A social identity perspective on leadership development: The 5R Program. Journal of Personnel Psychology. 

Steffens, N. K., Jetten, J., Haslam, C., Cruwys, T., & Haslam, S. A. (2016). Multiple social identities enhance health post-retirement because they are a basis for giving social support. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1519. [Full Article]

Steffens, N. K., Peters, K., Haslam, S. A., & van Dick, R. (in press). Dying for charisma: Leaders’ inspirational appeal increases post-mortem. The Leadership Quarterly. Advance online publication. [Full Article]

Cruwys, T., Steffens, N. K., Haslam, S. A., Haslam, C., Jetten, J., & Dingle, S. A. (2016). Social identity mapping: A procedure for visual representation and assessment of subjective multiple group membership. British Journal of Social Psychology, 55, 613-642. [Full Article]

Steffens, N. K., Haslam, S. A., Schuh, S. C., Jetten, J., & van Dick, R. (in press). A meta-analytic review of social identification and health in organizational contexts. Personality and Social Psychology Review. Advance online publication. [Full Article]

Steffens, N. K., Mols, F., Haslam, S. A., Okimoto, T. G. (2016). True to what We stand for: Championing collective interests as a path to authentic leadership. The Leadership Quarterly, 27, 726-744. [Full Article]

Steffens, N. K., Gocłowska, M. A., Cruwys, T., & Galinsky, A. D. (2016). How multiple social identities are related to creativity. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42, 188-203. [Full Article]

Steffens, N. K., Cruwys, T., Haslam, C., Jetten, J., & Haslam, S. A. (2016). Social group memberships in retirement are associated with reduced risk of premature death: evidence from a longitudinal cohort study. BMJ Open, 6, e010164. [Full Article]

Fransen, K., Steffens, N. K., Haslam, S. A., Vanbeselaere, N., Vande Broek, G., & Boen, F. (2016). We will be champions: Leaders’ confidence in ‘us’ inspires team members’ team confidence and performance. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 26, 1455-1469. [Full Article]

Steffens, N. K., & Haslam, S. A. (in press). Building team and organizational identification to promote leadership, citizenship, and health. In M. F. Crane (Ed.), Workplaces that bounce back: A practical guide for managers seeking to maintain employee resilience. London: Psychology Press.

Molenberghs, P., Prochillo, G., Steffens, N. K., Zacher, H. & Haslam, S. A. (in press). The neuroscience of inspirational leadership: The importance of collective-oriented language and shared group membership. Journal of Management. Advance online publication. [Full Article]

Haslam, S. A., Steffens, N. K., Peters, K., & Yang, J. (in press). Natural but estranged bedfellows: Social identity and the missing link between health and leadership. In R. Williams, S. Bailey, B. Kamaldeep, S. A. Haslam, C. Haslam, V. Kemp, & D. Maughan (Eds.), Social scaffolding: Applying the lessons of contemporary social science to health, public mental health and healthcare. London: Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Reicher, S. D., Haslam, S. A., Platow, M. J., & Steffens, N. K. (2016). Tyranny and leadership. In S. McKeown, R. Haji, & N. Ferguson (Eds.), Understanding peace and conflict through social identity theory: Contemporary and world-wide perspectives (pp. 71-87). London: Springer.

Steffens, N. K., Schuh, S. C., Haslam, S. A., Pérez, A., & van Dick, R. (2015). ‘Of the group’ and ‘for the group’: How followership is shaped by leaders’ prototypicality and group identification. European Journal of Social Psychology, 45, 180-190. [Full Article]

Mols, F., Haslam, S. A., Jetten, J., & Steffens, N. K. (2015). Why a nudge is not enough: A social identity critique of governance by stealth. European Journal of Political Research, 51, 81-98. [Full Article]

Platow, M. J., Haslam, S. A., Reicher, S. D., & Steffens, N. K. (2015). There is no leadership if no one follows: Why leadership is necessarily a group process. International Coaching Psychology Review, 10, 20-37. [Full Article]

Fransen, K., Haslam, S. A., Steffens, N. K., Vanbeselaere, N., De Cuyper, B., & Boen, F. (2015). Believing in ‘us’: Exploring leaders’ capacity to enhance team confidence and performance by building a sense of shared social identity. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 21, 89-100. [Full Article]

Steffens, N. K., Haslam, S. A., Reicher, S. D., Platow, M. J., Fransen, K., Yang, J., Ryan, M. K., Jetten, J., Peters, K., & Boen, F. (2014). Leadership as social identity management: Introducing the Identity Leadership Inventory (ILI) to assess and validate a four-dimensional model. The Leadership Quarterly, 25, 1001-1024. [Full Article]

Steffens, N. K., Shemla, M., Wegge, J., & Diestel, S. (2014). Organizational tenure and employee performance: A multi-level analysis. Group and Organization Management, 39, 664-690. [Full Article]

Steffens, N. K., Haslam, S. A., Kerschreiter, R., Schuh, S. C., & van Dick, R. (2014). Leaders enhance group members’ work engagement and reduce their burnout by crafting social identity. German Journal of Research in Human Resource Management, 28, 173-194. [Full Article]

Peters, K., Haslam, S. A., Ryan, M. K., & Steffens, N. K. (2014). To lead, ASPIRe: Building organic organizational identity. In S. Otten, K. van der Zee, & M. B. Brewer (Eds.), Towards inclusive organizations: Determinants of successful diversity management at work (pp. 87-107). Hove, UK: Psychology Press. [Full Article]

Steffens, N. K., Haslam, S. A., & Reicher, S. D. (2014). Up close and personal: Evidence that shared social identity is a basis for the ‘special’ relationship that binds followers to their leaders. The Leadership Quarterly, 25, 296-313. [Full Article]

Steffens, N. K., Haslam, S. A., Kessler, T., & Ryan, M. K. (2013). Leader performance and prototypicality: Their inter-relationship and impact on leaders’ identity entrepreneurship. European Journal of Social Psychology, 43, 606-613. [Full Article]

Steffens, N. K., & Haslam, S. A. (2013). Power through ‘us’: Leaders’ use of we-referencing language predicts election victory. PLoS ONE, 8, e77952. [Full Article]